Bonnie Orr

Bonnie Orr

Why not grow roses?

By Bonnie OrrWSU Chelan/Douglas County Master Gardener Roses are the most popular garden flower. They have been giving pleasure for thousands of years. And lucky for us, we live in one of the best places in the world to grow…

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Tips for limiting the weeds that pop up in your lawn

For the last eight years, we have experienced an increasing number of days higher than 86 degrees. Do you remember the “heat dome?” That period of 100-plus weather lasted nearly a week in June 2021. Vast swaths of turf burned out. And because the grass leaves were dead, the soil was exposed to light. The various weed seeds hidden in the top few inches of soil germinated. Some people noticed splotches of weeds growing in their turf by late summer 2021.
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Get that special gardener in your life a soil test for Christmas

A perfect gift for a gardening friend is a soil test. Commercial soil tests indicate various levels of basic nutrients in the soil. Mostly, they calibrate the fertility of the soil to guide the gardener’s use of fertilizers. The tests, among other features, indicate the level of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Some tests also indicate pH and micro-nutrients such as calcium or magnesium or boron. Gardeners often find that their soil actually has enough of the major nutrients and more bags of fertilizer do not have to be purchased.
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Don’t rest on your gardening laurels; it’s time to plan next year’s garden

Yes, everything is still growing, and the garden is producing bountiful crops. All our work has paid off. But it is not good form to be patting yourself on the back. It is time to assess the landscape. Have you been taking pictures or videos all season to document what is working in the landscape and what may need a bit more attention?
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Beware the root weevils — they’re coming for your plants

Snout-nosed weevils are fairly common. There are, believe it or not, hundreds of types. The gardeners of Europe were complaining about this pest in the 18th century. The most common ones in our gardens are the Rhododendron, strawberry and vine weevil. They gnaw on the young leaves of rhubarb, liliac, hosta, peony and many other ornamental leaves from late May through September. The little c-shaped notches are a sign that weevils are present.
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